Joseph Scheuerle

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Joseph Scheuerle


Mountain Chief / Blackfeet, 1912

Watercolor / Gouache

12 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches

Signed Lower Right

Inventory ID: RS865

Text on Reverse:
- Mountain Chief - Owag Kat tsa,
A big chief of the Blackfeet people - He was a real warrior, heard him tell of many fights - Now good natured in his old age - There's a fine biographic sketch of him in Dixon's book of the "Vanishing Race" Wanamaker expedition 1909.  When Wanamaker arranged to have various tribal chiefs and Indians at Crow Agency Montana.  I took stories, pictures and records - Browning, Mont. Blackfoot Res. 1912

Cartoon text:
"The Braves come home singing a victory song.  Mountain chief told of a battle with Crees, when a young warrior, he took nine scalps in that one battle"

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Joseph Scheuerle was born in Vienna, Austria in 1873.  He came to Cincinnati in 1882.  He was apprenticed to a lithographer and afterwards employed as a commercial artist.
In 1896 he sketched Indians for posters.  In 1900 he moved to Chicago, where he worked as an illustrator and produced Buffalo Billposters.  He made trips West, painting the Sioux Indians in 1909, the Crow and Blackfoot, 1910, the Cheyenne in 1911 and others.  He was a friend of C.M. Russell, Gollings, and de Young.  He moved back to Cincinnati during WWI and to NYC in 1923.  He died in South Orange, New Jersey in 1948.

Cincinnati Art Academy

Cincinnati Art Club

Boileau College, Birmingham, Michigan

WW04; P&H Samuels, 423